July 9th, 2012
The community of Merna had plenty to celebrate this past weekend with its annual Heritage Days Festival. Not only did this year mark the 25th anniversary of the festival, but it is also the 125th anniversary of the community. A large birthday cake, so big it had to be hauled on a flat-bed trailer, was served as part of the celebration.
For more on this story, and lot of pictures, see this week's Custer County Chief!
Hot weather, high energy use force NPPD to new record
Independence Day proved to be more than just hot. NPPD's customers set an all-time energy usage peak of an estimated 3,036 megawatts (MW). The new all-time peak bettered a previous record of 2,851 megawatts reached the day before, July 3, 2012. Prior to this, NPPD's last all-time peak was 2,671 megawatts set on July 30, 2006.
Halsey - Fire Officials declared the Camp 5 Fire as 100 percent contained at 3 p.m. on the 4th of July. Tim Buskirk, Bessey District Ranger said, "I can't think of a better message to celebrate this holiday than to say Camp 5 Fire is 100 percent contained. We will continue to monitor the area with a couple of engines and small crew but will be releasing the rest for assignment to other fires or to their home units."
Rhonda and Michael B. stopped into the Byway Barn on July 2 just looking for a travel book but instead found so much more. The couple is from mid-Arkansas and on their way to Mount Rushmore. They had stopped by four Visitorâ€™s Centers after driving into Nebraska looking for the Nebraska Travel Book, finding none that were open.
In Broken Bow, their luck changed. Chard Hirsch had opened the Byway Barn less than half an hour earlier and she has a plethora of brochures ranging from Nebraska maps, attraction brochures and, of course, Nebraska Travel Books.
CALLAWAY â€“ NIGERIA â€“ A partnership has been formed that transcends a formidable distance, from Callaway, Nebraska, to Bagrima, Nigeria, and back. Yes this is a partnership based on need, but even more so it is based on a desire to serve.
The Callaway United Methodist Church has a sister church in Bagrima, Nigeria, and through this partnership the village has been able to open a school, a clinic, dug a deep water well, and it has accomplished these goals in less than five years.
Marion Swick, 73, of Lodgepole, died Friday, June 22, 2012, at Sidney Regional Medical Center Extended Care from Multiple Systems Atrophy (MSA).
Memorial services will be 10 a.m., Friday, July 6, 2012, in the Holechek Funeral Home in Sidney with Mark Zalesky officiating. Services will conclude at the funeral home. Following the services, there will be a reception.In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the CurePSP Foundation for PSP/CBD and Related Brain Diseases at https://give.psp.org/ in Marion's honor.
Floyd R. Geiser, 82 of Oakland, formerly of Waterloo, passed away Monday, June 25, 2012, at Valhaven Nursing Home in Valley, with his family by his side. Funeral services were June 29, with Masonic Service conducted by Waterloo Lodge 102 AF & AM, Rod Jobman W.M., at Reichmuth Funeral Home in Elkhorn. Interment was at Prospect Hill Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to American Cancer Society or American Heart Association. Condolences can be sent to www.reichmuthfuneralhomes.com
Maxine E. (Arrants) Parks, 85, of Callaway, died Saturday, June 30, 2012, at the Good Samaritan Hospital in Kearney.
She was born Aug. 29, 1926, in Bayard, to John B. and Elsie B. (Fiscus) Arrants. Maxine grew up in Morrill County and attended schools in Angora and Bridgeport.
She was united in marriage to Homer Parks Sept. 22, 1944, at Bridgeport. To this union three children were born; George, Elsie and Katherine.
Lee Glidden, 90, of St. Paul died Friday, June 29, 2012 at the Nebraska Veterans Home in Grand Island. Leeâ€™s wishes were to be cremated.
A celebration of life service was Tuesday, July 2, at Jacobsen-Greenway Funeral Home in St. Paul. Inurnment was in the Dunning Cemetery in Dunning. Memorials are suggested to the familyâ€™s choice.
Lee was born May 28, 1922, in Thomas County, to Frank T. and Iva May (Rarick) Glidden. He grew up on the family homestead in Thomas County, where he attended country school and then graduated from Dunning High School in 1939.
Russell J. Mason of Omaha, died at Immanuel Hospital March 12, 2012, one day after his 83rd birthday.
Russell was born and raised in Anselmo to Harry and Joyce Mason. He married Bonnie Dainton June 18, 1950. They spent most of their 61 years of marriage in Omaha where they raised six children.
Russell was a brick-layer by trade but many will attest to the fact that he could build or fix anything that he laid his hands on. He was an active member of Maplewood United Methodist Church, Keystone Task Force, the Masonic Lodge, and Eastern Star.